Flea & Tick Prevention: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks love to feed on your beloved pets, and they can cause a variety of health problems. It's important to take preventative measures that will keep your pet safe - especially in the summer months when flea and tick bites are most common.
Common Issues Caused by Fleas
Fleas use cats and dogs as both a food source and a place to mate. They can quickly grow from one or two sources of itching on your pet to a whole colony of pests that bite your pet and your family constantly. If a spot on your dog or cat is left to the fleas for long enough, your pet may scratch and chew off all the hair in that spot and irritate the skin underneath. Ingesting fleas can cause your dog or cat to develop anemia, tapeworms, or a Bartonella infection.
Common Issues Caused by Ticks
In addition to being blood-suckers, ticks are quite often disease-carriers. They can inflict your dog or cat with diseases that can eat away muscles, cause anemia, paralyze your pet, cause neurological issues, cause organ damage, or even kill your pet. It's imperative that you remove these parasites immediately.
Protecting your Pet from Fleas and Ticks this Spring & Summer
Follow this parasite prevention tips to keep your pet safe this spring and summer:
- Talk to your veterinarian about preventative products - There are many products out there that claim to keep your pet safe from pests; remember, however, that companies don't have to get FDA or veterinarian approval before producing these products. Visit our veterinarians at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt to learn what preventative products are right for your pet.
- Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks - For fleas, examine areas where fur is sparse, such as on your pet's belly. Ticks can usually be found between toes, on ears, around eyes, on lips, and around the tail.
- Mow the lawn - Fleas and ticks are attracted to tall grass.
- Vacuum frequently
- Clean pet bedding and kennels frequently
Contact Our Local Veterinarian Today
If you want to keep your pet safe from fleas and ticks this summer visit The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt. Our team of veterinarians is dedicated to the health and safety of the pets in and around Summerfield. Call us today to make an appointment.